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Anderson performing in Leverkusen, Germany
|Birth name||Myra Barnes|
|Associated acts||James Brown Revue|
Vicki Anderson (born Myra Barnes) on November 21, 1939 in Houston Texas, is a soul singer best known for her performances with the James Brown Revue. She recorded a number of singles under both her birth and stage names. She is acknowledged by James Brown in his autobiography as the best singer he ever had in his revue, and probably the best singer he had ever witnessed.
Anderson joined James in 1965 replacing Anna King, and stayed for three years as his main female singer, until replaced by Marva Whitney in 1968. She rejoined in 1969 after Marva departed, staying for a further three years until 1972, after which Lyn Collins took over from her.
In 1970 she released her most famous song, the feminist anthem "The Message from the Soul Sisters."
Vicki married James Brown's right-hand man Bobby Byrd in the mid-1960s and is the mother of UK-based Carleen and Jhelisa, who both came to prominence in the 1990s with a couple of strong albums each. Vicki toured the UK with the James Brown Funky People Revue in the late 1980s and again with husband Bobby Byrd in the mid-1990s.
- "Vicki Anderson Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 5 February 2013.